If there’s one thing the world needs less of, it’s the World War II-set film. Since the late 1980s, we’ve seen more incarnations of Nazis than we’d like, even by artistic standards. It seems like every great actor has played either a Nazi or a holocaust victim, or someone who was obliquely caused to suffer because of the events of the war. We’re not saying ‘get over it’, we’re simply saying, ‘please stop making movies about it.’
That said, The Railway Man, a Colin Firth-starring drama based on a true story of Eric Lomax, a survivor of Burma’s “Death Railway,” looks quite good. Which is perhaps the reason why Nicole Kidman has decided to join the cast as Firth’s wife, dispelling rumors of Rachel Weisz taking the role. All the same, we can’t help but wonder: Is it yet another attempt, on the part of Kidman, to avoid figuring out the production details of the notoriously difficult Danish Girl film which has been in the works, and tantalizingly dangled before us, for years? As good as The Railway Man will probably be, we can’t help wishing to return to Kidman’s transformative, prosthetic-nose days.